Agnes E. Meyer
Agnes E. Meyer
November 17, 1956, National Council of Negro Women, Washington, D.C.
Born in 1887 in New York City, Agnes Elizabeth Ernst Meyer lived an extraordinary life as a journalist, philanthropist, civil rights activist, wife, and mother. In 1958, Meyer and her husband Eugene established the Agnes and Eugene Meyer Fund to support professors of Barnard College, where she pursued her education. The following year, Agnes founded the Urban Service Corps, a volunteer mentoring program designed to assist school children in Washington D.C. In 1960, she founded the National Committee for the Support of the Public Schools, serving as chair until her death on September 2, 1970. On November 17, 1956, Agnes E. Meyer addressed the National Council of Negro Women in Washington D.C. This chapter presents Meyer’s speech, in which she called on the women in attendance to take a more rational approach in overcoming the racial obstacles confronting the nation. Meyer criticized racism propagated by unthinking tribalism and sought to counter it with unstinting scientific analysis leavened with humanitarianism.
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